As You Wish

As You Wish

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
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When a genie arrives to grant sixteen-year-old Viola's wish to feel she belongs, as she did before her best friend/boyfriend announced that he is gay, her delay in making wishes gives her and the mysterious Jinn time to fall in love.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061661532
0061661538
9780061661525
006166152X
Branch Call Number: TEEN
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 22 cm

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QueenBoadicea Oct 07, 2015

Alternating between viewpoints, we get a male and a female view of just what goes on when we strive to articulate our desires or even just to find out what to wish for. This is an amusing and heartfelt tale of what happens when an impatient but decent jinn meets a girl with tons of wishes but no clue as to what will make her happy.

Having read enough stories about the terrible consequences of wish making, I was neither surprised to see how Viola’s wish began to backfire nor that her genie began to care for her beyond his duties as a wish granter (this is YA fiction, after all).

So what stand out are Viola’s efforts to resurrect herself after her wishes rebound on her and her jinn’s altering feelings. We get an inside peek into the world of genii that you might not expect in a book like this, so that we understand Jinn’s longing to return as well as the gradually dawning realization that his perfect world may not be the paradise he’s always thought it to be.

However, we don’t get to see any other denizens of this world, save an ifrit and the mysterious Ancients. The motivation of the Ancients is a bit unclear. They want more jinn in the world so they urge them to reproduce, to the extent that female jinn are encouraged to attend parties half naked. But, since they don’t want jinn to be at the beck and call of greedy mortals forever making wishes, you don’t know why they want them to reproduce so badly. A question that may be answered in the sequel, no doubt.

All in all, this is a sweet YA romance with an unusual supernatural element thrown into it. Save for one or two scenes where Viola angrily confronts Jinn and her ex-boyfriend, it lacks a decided edge. There are no mean girls here, no snide high school attacks, no cyberbullying and little in the way of imposing parental attention. Even the token punk kid makes little or no impact. This novel has the standard message—learn to be yourself and others will appreciate the real you for it—and doesn’t rise much above that. While there is a climactic scene wherein Viola confronts a manipulative ifrit, the tension is too little and too late. Read this only if you like your YA fiction without bite.

FindingJane Oct 07, 2015

Alternating between viewpoints, we get a male and a female view of just what goes on when we strive to articulate our desires or even just to find out what to wish for. This is an amusing and heartfelt tale of what happens when an impatient but decent jinn meets a girl with tons of wishes but no clue as to what will make her happy.

Having read enough stories about the terrible consequences of wish making, I was neither surprised to see how Viola’s wish began to backfire nor that her genie began to care for her beyond his duties as a wish granter (this is YA fiction, after all).

So what stand out are Viola’s efforts to resurrect herself after her wishes rebound on her and her jinn’s altering feelings. We get an inside peek into the world of genii that you might not expect in a book like this, so that we understand Jinn’s longing to return as well as the gradually dawning realization that his perfect world may not be the paradise he’s always thought it to be.

However, we don’t get to see any other denizens of this world, save an ifrit and the mysterious Ancients. The motivation of the Ancients is a bit unclear. They want more jinn in the world so they urge them to reproduce, to the extent that female jinn are encouraged to attend parties half naked. But, since they don’t want jinn to be at the beck and call of greedy mortals forever making wishes, you don’t know why they want them to reproduce so badly. A question that may be answered in the sequel, no doubt.

All in all, this is a sweet YA romance with an unusual supernatural element thrown into it. Save for one or two scenes where Viola angrily confronts Jinn and her ex-boyfriend, it lacks a decided edge. There are no mean girls here, no snide high school attacks, no cyberbullying and little in the way of imposing parental attention. Even the token punk kid makes little or no impact. This novel has the standard message—learn to be yourself and others will appreciate the real you for it—and doesn’t rise much above that. While there is a climactic scene wherein Viola confronts a manipulative ifrit, the tension is too little and too late. Read this only if you like your YA fiction without bite.

TiffLau Aug 02, 2013

this story is similar to Aladdin, a genie give you three wishes to make you happy. When it got to the middle there's trouble. At the end it was beautiful when the boy said he love her, and they KISS <3.

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GiuliaMT
Feb 26, 2013

if you liked this book you should read a book called Enthralled because it has a short story in it about Laurence and another jinn. it even mentions how Viola and Jinn are doing!

Ólive Jul 24, 2012

this book is fantastic, the ending was just the best ending ever to be for this book. also the book was unique and simple.

SweetTreatsz125 Jul 24, 2012

If you're into genies and romance or if you love Aladdin, then this would be an interesting reads to you. When I first read this book, I thought the main character was pathetic. Throughout the book, all she wanted was to fit in with "in crowd" But after a while, I realized that she didn't want to fit in. She just wanted a place where she feels she belongs without feeling lonely like she is in the beginning. This book teaches that sometimes you don't have to be popular to belong; you just need to have a good group of friends who love you for you.

samihanaimah Jul 24, 2012

This was a really good book! I started reading it and couldn't put it down. finished it in one day. There was an awesome plot and the characters were fantastic! The ending was just the best ending there could probably ever be for this book!

GenreGenerous Jul 12, 2012

This book is amazing and very unique. Somedays I couldnt put it down. The characters are so sweet. And the ending but a cherry on it. Loved it!

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AndrewTsaplan
Dec 03, 2011

probably the best book i ever read. read it all in on day. i actually couldn't put it down. SWEETEST THING EVER <3 its like a beautiful romance novel, but its not all sappy like you wouldn't want to read it. its the perfect about of everything, suspense, conflict, and a irresistible ending. i was so mad when i finished the book because the book isn't a series so i cant read on! but i was thinking about the ending for ever. and re reading SOOOO many times my favorite parts. i love the ending. its still stuck in my head.

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akleung
Jul 14, 2011

Wow I really liked this book. So much in fact, that I read it all today (though I don't have much to do today). At the beginning of the story I didn't like the main character, but as I moved on in the story she was more bearable :) This is a good story to read if you're into romance and morals.

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TiffLau Aug 02, 2013

he looks back into my eyes." Because you're more to me than a single color of my rose can express. You're my missing piece, Viola. I love you."

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GiuliaMT
Feb 26, 2013

jinn:

...there's the raw feeling where a piece of me has been torn away, like a piece of plastic snapped off a toy, leaving behind a sharp edge. i remember what Viola said about being whole to begin with. i was whole before i met her. i'm whole now. yeah, right.

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GiuliaMT
Feb 26, 2013

(jinn to viola) : "it doesn't really matter if they understand. it matters that you have the nerve to tell them."
she raises an eyebrow at me.
"you've never actually been to high school, have you?"

Ólive Jul 24, 2012

"That's so bizarre, to think of you not having a name. You're Jinn," I say. Who else would he be without that title? It somehow bolws my mind same as what kazan did

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akleung
Jul 14, 2011

All I've learned in today's Shakespeare class is: Sometimes you have to fall in love with the wrong person just so you can find the right person. A more useful lesson would've been: Sometimes the right person doesn't love you back. Or sometimes the right person is gay. Or sometimes you just aren't the right person.

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E_Kazan
Jul 22, 2010

"That's so bizarre, to think of you not having a name. You're Jinn," I say. Who else would he be without that title? It somehow bolws my mind.

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EuSei Aug 16, 2012

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samihanaimah Jul 24, 2012

samihanaimah thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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akleung
Jul 14, 2011

akleung thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 23

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Jul 22, 2010

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TiffLau Aug 02, 2013

This story is about a girl named Viola had a boyfriend but got broke up. Until a genie appeared to her and grant her three wishes to make her dream come true.After realizing using her wishes what she desire, Viola forgot something that is important. She realized that she already had someone who really likes her. Jinn confessed to her and they live happily ever after.

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akleung
Jul 14, 2011

One day Viola accidentally summons a jinn that can grant wishes. She learns the importance of making the right choices and of wanting to belong. Both the jinn and Viola discovers something that turns their view of life.

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